SES Newletter

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 9:48pm

Swansfield Elementary School

January 19, 2018

Upcoming Events:


Jump Rope for Heart Continues Through February 2 (see more below)

Tuesday January 23 - Beginning Band & Orchestra Concert, Chorus Concert, 2:15 pm and 6:00 pm

Tuesday January 23 - Dr. Martirano hosts Town Hall for all Community Members at Oakland Mill High School, 7:00 pm

January 24 - 26 - No Pre-K Classes

Wednesday January 24 - SES CommUNITY Meeting, 7:00 pm

Thursday January 25 - Spelling Bee, 2:00 pm

Friday January 26 - Marking Period Ends. EARLY DISMISSAL at 12:10 pm

Wednesday January 31 - Students for Safe Schools, 7:45 am

Wednesday January 31 - String Fling Field Trip to WLHS

Thursday February 1 - String Fling Concert, WLHS


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Where To Find Emergency Closing Information

Winter is here! Make sure you know where to find school closing notifications.


Saturday Math Academy Registration Opens Tomorrow

The Black Student Achievement Program's Saturday Math Academy offers mentoring and enrichment in mathematics to students in grades 3-12. You may register online at or you may register in person at Oakland Mills High School tomorrow, January 20, from 9 am to 12:30 pm. Registration fee is $80. The session will begin February 3 an continue through March 24. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact BSAP Liaison Harriet Beckham Lee at 410-313-6907 or by email at


Jump Rope for Heart

We have kicked off our annual Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser. Your student is becoming a heart hero by taking care of their own heart, spreading the message of the American Heart Association and raising funds for lifesaving research. Have your student jump online at to take one of our three health challenges, send emails and ask for donations. Any student who goes online and takes the challenge gets a glow in the dark wristband. Any student who receives a donation will be recognized and receive a prize.

This year's event will continue through February 2. Any donations collected locally and NOT online should be turned in by that date.

Thank you for supporting our school and the American Heart Association!


Road to Kindergarten Workshops

Howard County Public School System will be hosting a workshop for families of children beginning Kindergarten this fall. Road to Kindergarten workshops will be offered on three dates:

  • Wednesday, January 24 (at Oakland Mills High School)
  • Thursday, January 25 (at Centennial High School)
  • Monday, January 29 (at Hammond High School)

Workshops begin promptly at 6:30 pm. More information is available at

Kindergarten registration will begin March 5. More information to follow.


Summer Institute Registration Opens February 1

This program provides acceleration, enrichment and learning opportunities for students entering Kindergarten-Grade 9. The session will run July 2 - July 27 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday through Friday. Walk-in registration will take place at Homewood School on February 1 from 4:30 - 7:00 pm. Registration is open through February 15. For more information contact Alice Giles at 410-313-6627.


Math in Minutes

Students and families can better understand today's math concepts being taught in classrooms by watching this video series. HCPSS educators conduct mini-lessons covering different lessons.


Accessing DreamBox

We have heard from several families who have experienced difficulty logging in to DreamBox. Please remember than when accessing DreamBox from home, you must log in through Detailed directions are available in the document attached below.

Accessing DreamBox.docx


New Family Resource

ReadyRosie is an early education tool developed to support families with children from birth through 3rd grade. Parents can sign up online and choose to receive short, informative videos that can help them encourage their children to learn. These videos can be accessed in English or Spanish and can be sent to a cell phone or email. To sign up use this link

Once logged in, you can access information according to the child's age and the location where you will be doing an activity, such as the grocery store, restaurant, etc. This resource was launched a few months ago. Check it out!


Congratulations Spotlight Winners

We congratulate our Spotlight Winners for the past two weeks. These students have demonstrated they follow our school rules and are Safe, Respectful and Responsible.


  • PreK: Elsa N, Abigail G
  • Kindergarten: Makai R, Michael D
  • 1st Grade: Aniya H, Faizan B, Troy J
  • 2nd Grade: Sarah L, Sierra D, Jamison E, Ramelo W, Faith O
  • 3rd Grade: Eve-Wallen S, Camile R, Z'Rae B, Bryant S
  • 4th Grade: Natasja F, Hailey M, Jaden R, Dynasti G
  • 5th Grade: Malik A, Khamari B, Nick V, Timmie L


Update Your Family File Information

HCPSS uses Family File for parents/guardians to complete emergency information. Parents/guardians must verify and/or update information for each child, and can do so by logging in to HCPSS Connect and selecting the Family File tab and then clicking on Family File. Resources on how to access Family File may be found online. Parents who have forgotten their login credentials may click the "Forgot Password" link on the sign in page.


Volunteers/Chaperones Must Complete Training

All volunteers and field trip chaperones in HCPSS schools must complete the online training course prior to volunteering (see link below), print a completion certificate and return it to the front office. If you are unable to access online a printed version is available at school.


Connect With Our PTA

Learn more about upcoming PTA activities, how you can get involved, and even join the PTA if you haven't done so already. Visit

Click here to read the latest PTA newsletter.


Community News and Programs

Please visit the Community News and Programs page at for announcements of upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations.